EL PASO — Local residents are asked to "make a game-time" decision to go green this Super Bowl, city officials said.
Super Bowl parties can generate a supersized amount of trash, with most of it expected at the Greater El Paso Landfill. Environmental Services estimated that thousands of aluminum cans, plastic beverage containers and cardboard material will pass the recycle bin and be thrown in the trash before, during and after the game.
In an effort to reduce waste, Environmental Services has some suggestions that will minimize the environmental impact created by Super Bowl weekend as follows:
• Purchase an energy efficient television, preferably Energy Star rated. Recycle the box it came in and dispose of the old TV or used electronics at any of the City’s Citizen Collection Stations.
• Before the game, set aside separate containers for trash and recycling. Aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cardboard packaged products are all recyclable. Purchase aluminum canned beverages; glass cannot be recycled in El Paso. Each aluminum can that is recycled saves enough energy to run a television for nearly three hours, that’s roughly the time it takes to watch the Super Bowl.
• Serve food on reusable plates that can be washed and used again. A move like this can reduce the amount of trash that may end up in the landfill.
The Environmental Services Department encourages everyone to recycle not just during Super Bowl weekend but year-round. To learn more about recycling visit www.RecycleElPaso.org  or call the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department at (915) 621-6700.